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The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj
The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj
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4.0 out of 5 stars India - here we come., 2 Aug. 2017
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An easy read and a revealing insight to the much maligned British in India. Evenly balanced noting the stultifying social rules and snobbery, but equally making clear the decency of the 'conquerers' trying to rule in a benign manner. Young women should read this book and marvel at their ancestors stoicism.


Scenes and Apparitions: The Roy Strong Diaries 1988-2003 (Roy Strong Diaries 2)
Scenes and Apparitions: The Roy Strong Diaries 1988-2003 (Roy Strong Diaries 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern history, style, travel and good gossip., 24 Jun. 2017
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I found it riveting. Wonderfully waspish in places; incredibly moving recounting Julia's death. Lamenting the loss of style and grace in our great country, yet finding it reappearing unexpectedly.


The Co-Op's Got Bananas: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Post-War North
The Co-Op's Got Bananas: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Post-War North
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4.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane for we ordinary wartime children., 18 Mar. 2017
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A cosy book. Reminding me of my life post war and in the early sixties. Looking back those days seemed like a foreign land. An easy read with a few laughs.


Charles Dickens: A Life
Charles Dickens: A Life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dickens bought to life, 11 Mar. 2017
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I found this nook mesmerising. By the end I knew Dickens well, I was sad to lose him. Claire Tomalin is a superbly chatty writer. Could not recommend this readable book more.


The Man Who Created the Middle East: A Story of Empire, Conflict and the Sykes-Picot Agreement
The Man Who Created the Middle East: A Story of Empire, Conflict and the Sykes-Picot Agreement
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5.0 out of 5 stars The failed cause of Arab nationalism explained so that we can understand, 3 Jan. 2017
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Not an easy subject but this biography of Mark Sykes renders the bewildering factions of today's middle eastern politics a little more comprehensible.


Behind Closed Doors
Behind Closed Doors
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4.0 out of 5 stars A measured account of the Windsor's life, 7 Nov. 2016
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A rather tedious but good read. A better editor might have dealt with repetitions and inconsistencies. Nevertheless I was riveted till the end.


John le Carré: The Biography
John le Carré: The Biography
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3.0 out of 5 stars No stone left unturned, 9 Sept. 2016
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Every possible detail of Cornwall's life and works painstakingly uncovered. A good read that deteriorates towards the end. Too much information about changing publishers.


The Untold Story of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
The Untold Story of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

4.0 out of 5 stars A good bitchy read, 24 Aug. 2016
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A different look at the life of the QM. A little too strident at blaming her for everything but couldn't help feeling that there was a ring of truth in the whole story. One for fans of royalty.


Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess: The Lives of Guy Burgess
Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess: The Lives of Guy Burgess
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond belief, 16 Jun. 2016
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How such a dissolute person could be projected into top jobs and allowed to openly spy is breathtaking. A workmanlike and thorough investigation, telling an interesting, if depressing story.


A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
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4.0 out of 5 stars An establishment cover up worked effectively, 29 May 2016
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The book is a rattling good read confirming what we all knew at the time. Thorpe was guilty as hell.


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